I swear some of the workout machines at the gym just take up space.  You could do a million moves some of these machines and never see any results.

Here’s a list of 7 moves to never to again!

1. Seated inner/outer thigh machine-people think that using this machine will lessen the fat on their inner and outer thighs.  Won’t happen.  To lose fat on your thighs you need to lose fat all over your body.  Plus, this is not a natural way to use your muscles.  Do side lunges instead if you want to tone up your thighs.

2. Twisting and rotating with a stick above your head-you might feel as though you are trimming down your waist but with no resistance you could do a ton of these and nothing would happen. In order to improve core strength you need to work against gravity or have some kind of resistance.  Do side planks instead.

3.Tricep kickbacks-it is very hard to do these properly with the correct amount of weight, which is what needs to happen to have them be effective at all.  For a more effective tricep workout do tricep dips.

4. Calf raise machine-in this machine you place weight on your shoulders and then bob up and down using your calves.  This might be a little beneficial, but the added weight can cause spinal depression which would greatly outweigh the benefits of the machine. Instead do calf raises with just gravity and your body weight as resistance.

5. Leg extension machine-sitting down and extending your legs in front of you is not a natural movement and puts a lot of stress on the knees. Instead do squats and lunges to help strengthen your quads.

6. Alternating Superman-in this move you get on your hands and knees and raise one arm while raising the opposite leg. Your legs are much heavier than your arms, which could cause you to twist your spine.  Instead do regular Supermans.

7. Seated ab curl machine-any machine that has a lot of different knobs and things to adjust rarely work correctly because it takes so long to get it adjusted specifically for your body. Instead do planks, side planks, crunches, etc.  Any other body weight ab moves would be much more effective than the machine.

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